1). Josh Donaldson (TOR) - Only 30 years old and he's the stud in the amazing Blue Jays lineup. It should be another big year for the 2015 AL MVP.
2). Manny Machado (BAL) - It's tough to say his '15 season came out of nowhere, he was the 3rd overall pick in 2010, but Machado's performance surprised everyone last year. Coming off knee surgery, he hit 35 bombs with 20 stolen bases....at 23 years old. Those are drool worthy numbers at that age. He has everyone wondering where his ceiling is.
5). Miguel Sano (MIN) - Sano was called up mid season and proceeded to bash 18 HRs in only 279 at bats. The hyped prospect looks like he has arrived already at 22 years old. Sano will be DH only in some leagues to start the year, but will gain OF eligibility a couple weeks into the season. Check your league settings for where you can play him.
6). Todd Frazier (CWS) - Frazier goes from the 7th best ballpark for HRs to the 8th best in Chicago via trade this offseason. So let's not worry about his home/road splits from last year. But he did dip in production during 2nd half of last year after winning an amazing HR Derby. Look for Frazier to turn it up again this year, with hopefully no letdown after the break.
7). Kyle Seager (SEA) - Seager has quietly put together 4 straight quality seasons, playing in at least 155 games each year. He has increased his HRs every year, to 26 in '15. Batting high in the order, Seager should be a great value at 3rd base this year.
8). Matt Carpenter (STL) - Carpenter has always scored runs batting near the top of the Cardinals lineup. He's averaged 108 per year over the last 3 seasons, but in 2015 he busted out the power. Hitting a career high 28 home runs, Carpenter was a top 50 overall player. Hopefully he can sustain the power, I'm betting on around 20 dingers.
9). Adrian Beltre (TEX) - Beltre had offseason thumb surgery, an injury that happened way back in May. At first glance you would think that's why he only had 18 bombs in '15, but he only had 19 in 2014. At 36, he simply isn't the same elite 3rd baseman he used to be. He will still post 80 runs, 80 RBIs and a .290 average, very usable numbers after the stud 3rd basemen are gone.
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10). Anthony Rendon (WAS) - The wildcard. The 6th overall pick in the '11 draft, Rendon had an amazing first full season in the majors in '14. He was the 16th overall player in fantasy. Then 2015 happened. A sprained MCL had him miss spring training, and sit out until June. An oblique injury added to the problem. It ended up being a lost season. Now at 25, and healthy, Rendon will play at 3rd base and hit high in the order. There is a ton of upside here. Watch him in Spring Training, there is a lot to like.
11). Evan Longoria (TB) - Longoria has been healthy for 3 straight season now, missing only 4 games during that span. Longo has averaged 29 HRs per 162 games over his career. Even with a dip in power lately, and a bad Rays lineup, mid 20's power and 80 RBIs seems likely.
12). Maikel Franco (PHI) - Franco got called up in May, and went on to hit 14 HRs in only 80 games. That was also with a .280 average! At only 23 years old, Franco has a ton of potential.